Excellent pictures and event report FFB
Elspeth, you maybe need to tips on the art of persuasion
Wow, speedy results FFB Website looks great btw.
14 miles in the snow sounds fab cragchick
TP, they've 'improved' the path down Conic hill I've only seen pics on Facebook but it looks like a huge staircase/slide It will be very interesting in the wet!
Definately felt the better of my wee 3 mile recovery run last night. Legs feel fine today
The sign implied that Conic Hill will still be closed come the Fling. We shall see!
cragchick - boo to your husband importing foreign bugs up this way .
glad to hear LK went well. I had signed up for the marathon and was going to take it very slowly as a Fling training run. however Missus w and I woke up with sore throats and all blocked up on saturday morning. went over to Callander direction and visited Doune Castle on Saturday and stayed with family just outside Doune. got up at 6 on the sunday but the sore throat was still there and a little wheezy, so reluctantly decided to to give it a miss. we were on a hill overlooking LK and it was sunshine/blizzard/sunshine/blizzard so despite being in a bad mood for a few hours about bailing out I think I made the right decision. running a marathon in the freezing cold with a sore throat etc would probably have put me on my arse for a week. didn't stop family giving me pelters right enough! however I've recovered already and will run tomorrow. DNS is definitely better than DNF! went for a short walk up the Callander Crags at 10am to clear the tubes and was wheezing all over the place so 26 miles would have been hell.
sounds like it went well by all the comments on here. well done FFB. hope you raised a fortune. Alzeimers Scotland is a great charity and was a factor in me choosing this event, so not bothered about 'losing' my entry fee! if you know what I mean. good luck in your Antarctic endeavours. well done to all those who braved the elements too.
great session at the velodrome last night, confidence is finally there
turbo this morning and run tonight.
Hope you're feeling better soon Ewan.
Morning all. The LK event raised £3,165 (after costs) for Alzheimer . I managed to keep the event costs down to just a tad over £600 . Biggest costs were the medals and bibs and the event insurance. The insurance was actually really good value beacuse insururers made a big discount because it was a charity event and on private road. I made the mile/km markers myself (with some help from baby FFB)at the grand cost of £45 . To buy mile markers from event suppliers would have cost several hundred pounds
Anyway, I need to get my head round D33 which I am running on Saturday. Had not thought about it at all until the other day, Massively under trained, not even thought about kit or food..... better get organised ASAP
Given my longest run to date is 14 miles (on Monday), Dee 33 is definitely a BAD idea so I won't be there , still some residual germs from latest Southern infiltration!!
Awesome fundraising then FFB
Ewan - running marathons with viruses rarely works out well - have tried it and been bitterly disappointed with results!!
Agree - that track in the forest before Conic last year was HORRIBLE with those massive stone chips - reminded me of a particularly unpleasant stretch of the Dava Way, so I hope it's all sorted in time for you all ... not long now ...
I have a morning of leisure, so am off a game of badminton (first one since I was about 19 I think - ahem!!). So that will be entertaining me thinks. Then some hill reps to be done before the whole afterschool rigmarole begins ... aka mums taxi service.
Ewan - shame the bug got in the way of a lovely marathon (so I'm told!).
FFB - don't worry about D33, you don't need to carry much, can leave a drop bag at half way and there was a LOT of food at the half way point - sandwiches, cake, flapjack etc so you really just need to carry some water and a waterproof.
Well done on raising such a lot with the race and keeping the costs down.
Quite a layer of snow here today.
Cragchick, my longest runs have been a 16 and a 20 (both at LK). I did consider dropping out of D33, but I need to do it as training to get mileage up for the Fling
I am planning to run walk it with 12 mins running and 3 mins walking, dropping to 11/4 and maybe 10/5 depending on how tired I get. I am aslo planning on being last
The plan is that if I can get myself ready for and through the fling, then i have a fighting chance of being able to complete 88 miles in the frozen wastes of Antarctica LOL
That sounds like a fine plan FFB and I am sure you will be fine. Whilst my ankle is definitely getting happier, I think seriously long runs at the moment would probably finish it off so I am happy with my decisions to pull out of Dee 33 and Fling.
But looking forward to the Lairig Ghru race ... possibly a mountain marathon and longer challenges in the autumn
Fantastic run with a friend this morning, running high above the river Findhorn - it goes through quite a long gorge at some points - hilly, muddy and sunshine and blue skies, 6 miles all told but some nasty hills.
Ewan - sounds like you made the right decision on the marathon, although it always feels annoying at the time.
Nice run Cragchick!
Interesting to see what happens if Conic hill is still shut come Fling time - we would have to run the lower level route around the road - you won't see me complaining about that , although it could cause road chaos. It would knock a good chunk of time off the finish times though I reckon.
FFB - good going on the fundraising. If your usual work ever dried up you could always set up an events company ...bet you could do a lot better than some of the showers out there .
Urgh, I have to go through to Edinburgh tomorrow for a work meeting - boo to that, although it will generate more work in the long run - better prepare my notes so that I actually have something to say!!
D33 - its flat so everyone hares off at the start like its a Half mara - let them, and then enjoy some of the reeling in process between 28-33 .
Sorry to hear that anyone moaned about anything at the weekend- I didn't realise that the marathon started ealry, but I am grateful that it did, as it was too cold to hang arouns at the start.
Haven't run yet, but did get to gym to stretch/ cross train/ swim yesteray, and really not feeling at all bad today- may gently run at weekend.
Tricialitt, it human nature, and I expected to have some complaints so only having 2 moans is pretty good going. Loads of very postive feedback and loads of requests to do it again next year.
Looking forward to D33 in a strange way even though I am not particularly well preared or trained. Fairly confident that my run walk plan will get me round.
sounds like the marathoners are recovering well FFB, am sure you'll manage D33 no bother. Tricia, glad you are feeling good!! Hope it continues....
lovely run this morning before work... was planning a shortie 5 or 6k but conditions were lovely and cool and it was just getting light so ended up doing a fair bit more... probably about 12k or so.... resulting in me madly washing my hair at 8am when I need to leave at 8:20 Lovely run around west end though... very calm and quiet!! Swim tonight. Running fitness definitely making a return, not quite there yet but progress being made definitely!!
Long run planned this weekend along WHW while bf goes up some hills and we'll meet at the car afterwards
Late post from me, as not long back from Edinburgh and had to cram dinner down me neck ! Meeting over-ran by about an hour so was late getting train but probably missed worst of rush-hour......however, all I can say is 'Commuting'...feck that everyday!!!
Had a bizarre clash of cultures today, very succesful meeting, but about half and half self-employed consultants like moi or other commercial operators, and the rest University types. The self employed all going, give us deadlines, lets do this now, lets publish, this is great stuff, hurrah !!! And the Uni types giving it, oh well, we've only had this material for the last four years (!!!) and we could start this in a couple of months, but we need so and so from this other Uni and they might take a few more months!!! Arrrrrgh! Just fecking DO IT ! So glad I dont work at a Uni anymore .
UTC - enjoy the WHW - I believe there might be snow forecast !
Good running UTC.
Nice run for me this evening. Quite hilly.
Good luck at the weekend FFB, and to anyone else doing the D33.
5 mile recovery run tonight. Think I might wait a week before the next oneKudos to all those doing D33 this weekend
Love the trails on the Findhorn cragchick, which stretch were you running?
Great result ffb!
Parked at the sawmill in Conicavel? does that make sense? Was a friend who showed it to me. We running along so eventually we had Logie House opposite us on the other bank. Am definitely getting back to explore more of that area in the coming weeks as was fantastic. And, of course, not a soul around
Latest cold broke today so feel better despite the snot levels!! 9.5 miles around Culbin, started in sleet and ended in spring sunshine and legs not feeling too bad either.
Oh TP, have never been to or worked with university souls, but can well imagine it all!!!
Good news on the cold front Cragchick. I have been surrounded by folk coughing and sneezing on the buses and trains today, which does not do very much for the paranoia levels when you are tapering !
I have been researching into flax (linseed) plants for this work I was doing today, and interestingly found out that if you eat too much flax seed it can cause severe bowel constrictions, and in excessive amounts is poisonous! The fibres themselves can stagnate water-courses and ruin drinking water, which is why folk in the past were always very careful about where they processed flax for linen production.
I was LOL and shaking my head cos I remembered the Lakeland 50 food list last year where they were plying every single hot meal with flax seed 'cos it is good for your energy levels' ! Yeah, it can be good for you, but only in small amounts, and *probably* not a good idea whilst you are running, for various reasons !!
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